Sunday, January 27, 2013
Busy Pro Bowl for Cromartie
By Rich Cimini
The Jets were represented Sunday night in the Pro Bowl by S LaRon Landry and CB Antonio Cromartie, who was involved in several key plays -- some positive, some negative. It was mostly a negative game for the AFC, which was embarrassed by the NFC, 62-35, in Hawaii.
Cromartie, coming off perhaps his best season as a pro, surrendered a nine-yard touchdown pass to Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald, making it 45-21 with 3:52 left in the third quarter. After that, Cromartie made two mistakes on special teams -- a season-long theme for the Jets.
On a kickoff-return, Cromartie dropped an easy pitch from Joshua Cribbs on an attempted reverse, a fumble recovery by the NFC. A short time later, he was offsides on a field-goal block.
It wasn't a total loss for Cromartie. He broke up two long passes and he tackled Giants WR Victor Cruz on a short pass, no doubt rekindling memories of the tackle he didn't make on Cruz in 2011 -- the 99-yard touchdown in the Christmas Eve debacle.
It was a non-descript game for Landry, whose aggressive, hard-hitting style isn't conducive to the players' ultra-cautious approach in the Pro Bowl. Aside from tackling Bucs RB Doug Martin for a loss, Landry was invisible. He's an unrestricted free agent, with a big pay day looming, so avoiding injury was paramount for him.
Each player received $25,000, the loser's share.